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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950

UCM Criminal Justice Highlights

UCM Criminal Justice Highlights

The University of Central Missouri's Criminal Justice department is epitomized by their bi-annual newsletter, top-notch student organizations and institutions, and the annual Court of Appeals day. Click on any topic to expand that section.

CJ Chronicle

Twice each year the Criminal Justice department at the University of Central Missouri publishes a department newsletter known as the CJ Chronicle. The CJ Chronicle provides a way for current students and alumni to keep up with ongoings in the Criminal Justice department. Editions of the CJ Chronicle are posted below.

CJ Chronicle Editions

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Winter 2009

Spring 2009

Winter 2008

Spring 2008

CJ Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is open to criminal justice students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a criminal justice grade point average of 3.2. Alpha Phi Sigma is national honor society that holds its annual meetings in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). The UCM chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma holds regular meetings and a number of members attend the national meeting.

For more information contact APS:

UCM Criminal Justice Institute

The Criminal Justice Institute, housed within the Department of Criminal Justice, strives to bridge the gap between policy makers, academia, and the field of criminal justice on issues and concerns to the criminal justice profession and to influence criminal justice policy and practice by providing research, information, and assistance. The Institute accomplishes this through delivering information to the criminal justice community in the form of accurate, affordable, and pertinent training. Students benefit from the Institute's work through unique educational opportunities that improve the quality of their degree. By interacting with experts students become effective, professional members of the criminal justice career field. Events sponsored by the Criminal Justice Institute include an on-campus symposium with varying topics from police worn body cameras to raising awareness about sexual assault to issues in juvenile justice as well as tailored training opportunities such as Warden Peer Training or Police Liability as requested by local agencies.

For more information about the Institute of Justice & International Studies visit or contact :

Humphreys 300

Phone 660-543-4950

Fax 660-543-8306

Lambda Alpha Epsilon

LAE is open to all students interested in a career in criminal justice. This organization participates in regional and national conferences in which a variety of competitions are held. Such competitions include firearms, criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, criminal law and procedure, and other law enforcement related areas. In addition, LAE meets regularly on campus to plan and initiate organizationally related activities.The criminal justice department has hosted the Gamma Epsilon Delta chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association since 1966. The chapter was named after G.E. "Bill" Davila, one of the department's original faculty members. Students regularly participate in competitions on the regional and national level that include physical agility, mock crime scene investigation, firearms, and written academic examinations. Membership applications can be obtained from the criminal justice office in Humphreys 300.

For more information visit :
or contact:
Dr. Etter, UCM Criminal Justice-

Mock Trial Association

The Mock Trial Team competes in local, regional, and national mock trial competitions. Membership is open to any student in good academic standing, regardless of major. Selection to the team is determined by the faculty supervisors and is competitive.

For more information contact:
Dr. Jim Staab, UCM Political Science-
Adam Sommer, attorney and team coach-

UCM Mock Trial Association

National Association of Mental Illness

NAMI on Campus University of Central Missouri is a student-led campus club that helps to address the mental health needs of students and raise mental health awareness among campus communities by providing peer support, education and advocacy on campus.


For more information contact:

Celeste Anderson, President

Dr. Gene Bonham, Faculty Advisor

or visit:


Pre-Law Students Association

PLSA is open to students across campus who have an interest in law or who are interested in attending law school. PLSA frequently hosts meetings in which guest speakers present information as well as discussions.

For more information contact:
Dakota Persinger, President of PLSA:

Nolan Johnson, Vice President of PLSA:

Zachary Sherwood, Vice President of PLSA Membership:

Dominic Sherwood, Treasurer of PLSA:

Alison Batts, Secretary of PLSA:

Dr. Donald Wallace, Faculty Advisor:

Prof. Benecia Carmack, Faculty Advisor:

Association of Juvenile and Corrections Students

Court of Appeals

One day each year the University of Central Missouri hosts a session of the Missouri Court of Appeals. This event provides UCM students and students visiting from local schools a chance to follow the Appeals Court process as real cases are heard. Case rulings are posted below.

LUCINDA v. Rebman

STATE v. McMillian

STATE v. Elliott

Velock v. Velock

Scott v. Dept. of Health